7 Films That Define Amitabh Bachchan's Iconic Legacy

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Zanjeer (1973)

This was the start of Big B’s ‘angry young man’ era. Not only did it bless Hindi cinema with this trope, but it also made Amitabh Bachchan the hero of the masses with his brooding cop persona as Vijay.

Deewaar (1975)

This movie (and Big B's character Vijay) has some iconic dialogues that have been revered for almost five decades now. "Mere paas Maa hai", "Aaj Khush Toh Bahut Hoge Tum", and "Yeh Duniya Ek Third Class Ka Dabba Ban Gayi Hai" are a few.

Sholay (1975) 

Here's a fun fact: Amitabh Bachchan actually wanted Gabbar's role, but we are grateful for his portrayal as Jai. This movie gave us the bromance of the century with the Jai-Veeru/Big B-Dharmendra duo's iconic song Yeh Dosti Hum Nahi Todenge.

Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham…(2001)

The transition from angry and poor young man roles to Yashvardhan Raichand, an angry and wealthy father role, is immaculate in this film. With a name that heavy, you know he will give you an earful on how parampara and usool > love.

Black (2005)

In this Sanjay Leela Bhansali masterpiece, Amitabh Bachchan portrays the role of Debraj Sahai, Michelle's (Rani Mukerji) teacher. This film is based on Helen Keller's life. Big B did not charge for this film — and took home a National Award for Best Actor.

Piku (2015)

Endearing as Bhashkor Banerjee, a delightfully hilarious pot-bellied Bengali father to Piku (Deepika Padukone), Amitabh Bachchan’s character manages to frustrate you, melt you, and make you think of life's meaning, even if it is in terms of tummy health metaphors.

Pink (2016)

What most courtroom dramas get wrong, this one effortlessly excels in through Amitabh Bachchan's character, Deepak Sehgal, a majestic lawyer whose speeches are not a self-indulgent exercise but a value-laden reminder about women's autonomy and consent.

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